Vivarium setup for large amphibians.

Draco1264

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I know most of you deal with salamander's and newt's but I have a 50g long tank for my giant pixie frog. I treat his tank like a newt tank in the way everything safe for newt's he can have in his tank. I have the drainage layer of hydroballs, the exo terra mesh, LED lights along with a ceramic heat emitter and die mounted heat pad. My concern is the mix of substrates. I used coco fiber and worm castings mixed to start but it has lost most of its nutrients for the pothos over the past 4 months. I was wondering what mix of organic topsoil from garden magic red sedge peat to coco fiber to worm castings should be. The magic garden topsoil contains peat and sand only while the worm castings is pure worm poop and we all know about coir or coco fiber. Thank you for any input as this is my first time using topsoil in an animal enclosure.
 
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  • xxianxx:
    @axolotl nerd, rads, the cycle has crashed or the tank wasnt fully cycled to start with. Remove the animals to a seperate tank or tub, give 100% daily water changes. It can take a while to cycle a tank if its yr first time.
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Hey guys! We had our first unexpected hot day and I was an idiot and forgot to put on the fan for my axolotl tank. When I came to feed her at around 7, I noticed the tank was 75 degrees!! It has never been this warm, it’s always a stable 67ish without a fan. It was only this warm for today (yesterday it was normal temps), and I immeditately got the fan on when I saw. It is down to 69 degrees now. Is my axie going to be ok with the increase in temperature for a day?
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Oh that’s in Fahrenheit by the way, I think in Celsius it almost got up to 24 c if I’m not mistaken
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    Axie is showing no signs of stress whatsoever
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    A short temp spike is unlikely to cause any long term probs
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    Hi 👋🏻 I am desperately seeking cycling advice
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  • Carly1502:
    Hi guys, I have a dwarf axolotl. Got him/her in February and since it’s grown to around 4.5 inches it has constantly been constipated. Having to fridge the poor thing every few weeks. Has anyone else got a dwarf and had these problems?
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  • axolotl nerd:
    my cousin has a dwarf, he thankfully doesn’t have such problems. good luck though :)
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  • Lilith:
    Hey guys, one of my axolotls has developed some fungus on one of her gills, I've started salt baths, but do salt baths need to be done in the fridge, some people said I should have her in the fridge permanently during the process, even when not in the salt bath, is this true? As some people said its unnecessary as long as the tank is below 20°c which it is. Also do I need to get them both out the tank and clean it out?
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    Does anybody know where I can find Triturus karelinii?
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